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on 3 December 2014
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9 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2011
There seems to be a significant number of individuals taking it upon themselves to read a book, if not outside of their intellectual scope, then certainly outside of the scope of their literacy. There is little wrong with this book, it is clear and comprehensible. If there is a problem, as other reviewers have suggested, it is with them and not this book; perhaps they should consider going back to school. Certainly they'll never achieve the superhuman state on which Nietzsche places so much store as long as they deny their own iniquities by transfering them onto the authors/editors.
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on 26 February 2015
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2009
...I much prefer the other translation (i don't remember who the other translation is)... of course, this is just a matter of personal opinion, but i think this translator doesn't understand the work at all. The English is a bit dated, and doesn't flow well.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 1998
Thus Spoke Zarathustra is an incredible work of philosophical genius! I was amazed and challenged by it. Nietzsche's writing is very enjoyable and enlightening, whether or not one agrees with his conclusions. His philosophy is fascinating, though not for the light-hearted. This is definitely a book for thinking people who want to see the world in a new and different light!
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7 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2010
"Thus spoke Zarathustra" is Friedrich Nietzsche's incomprehensible magnum opus. Everyone's heard of it, few have read it. I readily admit that I haven't read all of it myself either!

The work is a celebration of individualism, atheism, the zest for life, but also transformation through suffering. Zarathustra, acting as Nietzsche's mouthpiece, believes that man must be overcome in favour of the Superman. Soon, the Great Noontide will break upon the world, bringing the Superman with it.

What struck me when I tried to read "Also sprach Zarathustra", was the strongly religious tenor of this supposedly atheist work. Is it really a co-incidence that Nietzsche chose an ancient prophet as his mouthpiece? The Superman is a superhuman creator of new values, morals and law-tablets. A god, perhaps? Christians would see him as the Anti-Christ. And yet, it seems as if Nietzsche, somewhere deep inside, was longing for something divine. What is the "eternal return" if not re-incarnation, new heavens and a new Earth? Interestingly, the new religious movement of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky is to some extent inspired by both Nietzsche and Buddhism, although they seem to have lost the former's desperate enthusiasm for life.

And what are we to make of this dramatic poem, the high point of the entire work: "O Man! Attend! What does deep midnight's voice contend? I slept my sleep and now I awake at dreaming's end: the world is deep, deeper than day can comprehend. Deep is its woe, Joy - deeper than heart's agony: Woe says: Fade! Go! But all joy wants eternity, wants deep, deep, deep eternity!"

Nietzsche may have been the Anti-Christ, but he was an anti-christ crying for God.
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7 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 1999
If your looking for a book that adequately explains Nietzschean philosophy than this one is for you. Zarathustra is likened to a tenacious and witty teller of how to build ones own character and rise above the herd as only Nietzsche can describe. The translater gives the reader summaries of each ideal prior to the four sections as well as a decent bio on Nietzsche.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 1999
It is impossible to sum up the human experience in any book, no matter how long, but Nietzsche came very close with this book. After I read it, my life has changed-for the better. You may not agree with everything he has to say, but he commands your respect. It is simply amazing!
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5 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 29 May 1999
More than anything, it was a feeling that Zarathustra inspired. This book effectively communicates that life is a song and a dance. That everything is goodness, and that it could never be any less. Even when Zarathustra walked through the valley of death it was merely a prelude to something greater. His shadow that he leaped over, that shadow that will always remain behind him....his friends and animals that were waiting at the cave. The fool at the city gate who warned of entering the city but did not leave himself. Move on, forward, upward.....
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 1998
Nietzsche is my favorite philosopher! This book, out of all he has written spoke to me. We all have a higherman within and we must strive to go under. "God is Dead" and the pity that God felt for mankind is the cause for his demise. I too feel pity for man. I also feel pity for the earth. I believe that the next great philosopher will write that "Man is Dead" and that Man died from the pity he felt for the earth.
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